I wasn’t planning on getting this game so early, but there was a deal I couldn’t pass up in Canadian Best Buys. Basically I could trade-in a single game to get it for free, and for whatever reason last year’s HORRIBLE Paper Mario Sticker Star was part of the deal, so I figured I’d get rid of a shitty game and get one that should at least be acceptable.
This is a series I do enjoy. Liked the first, didn’t care for the second, really liked the third. This one looked sort of fun but I wasn’t too sure about the dream world concept until I actually started playing.
So let’s go and see if it’s good!
3DS, Games, Handheld, Review
So it’s been quite a while since the last actual SMT game. No, despite the title outside of japan, Persona isn’t SMT. Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne on the PS2 was quite a masterpiece of JRPG gameplay. It was tough, it was original, and damn was it fun and crazy. I always have the demi-fiend looking at me next to my computer desk, actually
So after a 9 year break, we finally have a new entry, this time on 3DS. The hype was pretty high for this, and I couldn’t wait.
So… read on and see if it’s good! (spoilers: yes it is)
3DS, Games, Handheld, impressions, Review
When such a non-supported console as the Vita gets an interesting exclusive, it’s hard not to run to it and check it out. The target here is a spin-off to the used-to-be-popular MMORPG Ragnarok Online, Ragnarok Odyssey.
For full disclosure, Ragnarok Online happens to be the only MMORPG I’ve ever played to any workable degree, with any other games in the subgenre boring me long before really getting “into” them. Still, I only played RO during the last 2 years of high school and basically gave up on MMOs right after the fact. I do have fond memories of my time with RO on private servers (including seeing one of my friends, as a bard back when that class sucked, taking down a whole opposing guild on his own including the server’s best Paladin), so playing a new Ragnarok game could count as a bit of a nostalgia trip for me.
That said, let’s go and see if the Vita finally has a worthwhile exclusive!
Console, Games, Handheld, Review, Vita
An indie game! I rarely delve into indie games at all, so this is cool. Not only that, but it’s a classic-style WRPG, we don’t get nearly enough of those, nor do I play nearly enough of those.
I’ll make this a quick review, so let’s go!
Games, independant, PC, Review
While Record of Agarest War was just like Cross Edge in almost every way, this is another game I had up as this year’s candidate for “game that will have the same kind of reviews as Cross Edge”. Surprisingly enough, it seems like people were a bit more lenient on this one than they were with Cross Edge. Granted, it doesn’t suffer from as many problems as Cross Edge, but it’s still aiming at exactly the same audience.
I was interested in the game partly because of the Disgaea crossovers, but also because the gameplay seemed fairly solid. So I had some fairly good expectations for this.
Console, Games, ps3, Review
(Despite the Xbox 360 boxart here, the PS3 version is reviewed… there’s no PS3 boxart so I went with the closest thing)
Remember Cross Edge? It came out last year, and it was hated by critics and gamers overall. But I still thought it was a very fun game, there were just a lot of hurdles to jump over before really getting to enjoy it, hurdles which the average gamer or reviewer just didn’t want to bother with (which is quite understandable). And then there’s the fact that it was incredibly badly optimized, with pixelated/blurry 2D graphics and relatively long load times (even when the game was installed).Â It was still a fun game, with a really good battle system and lots of fun leveling systems.
This year we get Record of Agarest War. Made by the same company, and it has a lot in common. So maybe this is this year’s “Cross Edge” in a sense. It’s been out for a while now, I just took my sweet time playing it and finally getting to review it. But, from the little research I made, I found that it got more favorable reviews than Cross Edge did.
So read on and see if it really deserves the slightly more favorable reviews!
Console, Games, ps3, PSN, Review, xbox 360
Well, just based on the premise of this game, the developers might as well have come to my house and taken my money, because it was 100% sure I’d buy it. I mean…a humorous Diablo clone, with a great graphic style and made by Ron Gilbert (one of the Monkey Island creators)? Sounds like awesomeness to me.
Read on and see if it reached my expectations!
Console, Games, ps3, PSN, Review, XBLA, xbox 360
The PS3 is a bit low on unique and exclusiveÂ RPGs, and Last Rebellion seems to be offering something really nice. Turn-based, using a completely unique battle system, and being one of the few PS3 exclusive RPGs, it seems to be made to please PS3 users.
So does Last Rebellion really offer something fun and unique to PS3 users looking for fun exclusive RPGs?
Read on and see!
Console, Games, ps3, Review
The other day I started randomly thinking about this: What are the gold standards in the gaming industry? What games best define their own genre? This is what I set out to figure out.
Let’s go right away and define what “Gold Standard” means. It’s pretty simple. It has to be:
1. A game that defines the genre it’s in.
2. It has to be a high-quality game/series.
3. It still has to be fun to play.
4. Of course, it doesn’t need to be the BEST in the genre, but it has to be the one to have set most of the genre’s standards.
5. It has to be an older game, as much as possible.
So read on and see what are the Gold Standards in the gaming industry! Of course, if I’m missing a genre(there’s some I didn’t put in because I either could think of any 1 game that defined the genre, or that were too similar to another genre that I didn’t need to include them), or if you think about a game that I might not have thought about for any of the categories, be sure to comment!
analysis, Console, Games, Handheld, Opinion, Random, Rant
The Atelier series have always been relatively traditional RPGs with quite original and fun battle systems, but with relatively heavy item creation elements to diferentiate themselves from other games of the genre. At least from my experience with the series (Atelier Iris 3 and Mana Khemia). And they were quite fun.
This is the first game on the DS to make it to America, with Atelier Lina and Atelier Lise not getting localized for unknown reasons. But maybe there’s hope for them to come now…
So, does this bring something new to the Atelier series, or is it not worthy of the name?
Read and see!
ds, Games, Handheld, Review